[GTALUG] another little computer: the kangaroo

William Park opengeometry at yahoo.ca
Sun Jan 31 19:33:20 UTC 2016

The reason why I asked is because I've been eyeing

    Intel BOXSTCK1A8LFC Compute Stick
    - IntelĀ® Atom Quad-Core Processor Z3735F, 1.33GHz
    - 1GB RAM
    - 8GB storage
    - Linux

and its Windows versions.  Anyways, thanks for the comparison.

On Sun, Jan 31, 2016 at 11:08:02AM -0500, D. Hugh Redelmeier wrote:
> | From: William Park <opengeometry at yahoo.ca>
> | How would do compare this Kangaroo with Intel/Lenovo stick?
> | CanadaComputers sells Intel/Lenovo sticks, too.
> I don't remember in detail, but I think those both are based on a Z3735F 
> processor.  That processor tends to come with 32-bit UEFI (not supported 
> by Linux distros except poorly by debian) (Kangaroo has better processor 
> and 64-bit UEFI).  USB 3.0 is crucial for fast I/O and I suspect those 
> don't come with USB 3.0 (Kangaroo has one USB 3 and one USB 2).  And these 
> sticks are usually more expensive than the sale price of the Kangaroo.
> [Hugh wanders off to do homework.]
> <http://www.microsoftstore.com/store/msca/en_CA/pdp/Lenovo-Ideacentre-Stick-300-Signature-Edition-PC/productID.328221900>
> - out of stock
> - $200 (I saw it on Boxing Day for $100)
> - only USB 2.0, only one
> - Windows 10 Home, 32-bit: implies 32-bit UEFI
> <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intel_Compute_Stick>
> <http://www.amazon.ca/Intel-Compute-Stick-Windows-BOXSTCK1A32WFCR/dp/B00UZ3CYE2>
> <http://ark.intel.com/products/86612/Intel-Compute-Stick-STCK1A32WFC>
> - quite a range but only the Z3735F ones are available to us as far as
>   I know.  The better ones will be expensive.  So I'll only talk about the
>   Z3735F ones.
> - Ubuntu version has half the RAM and half the eMMC memory (too little).
>   Ignore it.
> - $209.00!
> - only USB 2.0, only one
> - specs don't seem to say whether it has 32-bit UEFI.  I infer that from
>   the driver download page that it is 32-bit.
> |  Kangaroo seems to have
> | battery and USB3.  But, all the ports (HDMI, USB) are on "dock".  What's
> | the rationale behind the removable dock?  Portability?  But, you have to
> | carry 2 pieces, now.
> Good question.  There are no useful wired connections without the dock.  
> The microUSB port is only for trickle-charging (it has a battery).  There 
> are interesting wireless capabilities and a MicroSD, so it can be a 
> hotspot.
> There are promises of other docks with other I/O configurations  Some 
> where shown at CES this month.
> Summary: Kangaroo is a much better choice, especially for Linux folks,
> unless the size is an overriding issue.
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